Vote to Support Cleveland Print Room

July 16, 2014



Cleveland Print Room is a finalist for a grant to support events, such as outdoor events, Pecha Kucha and public art. Vote for them now at Crusade for Art.

First Look at SPACES New Home in Hingetown

July 2, 2014


CLEVELAND, Ohio — A sheath of bright, chartreuse-colored aluminum panels would wrap the northwest corner of the proposed new home of Spaces gallery in a former industrial building in Ohio City, according to the latest renderings released by the cultural nonprofit.

While raising $1.5 million to make the gallery’s relocation possible, the organization is also planning for renovations to its proposed new home in Ohio City’s Hingetown neighborhood… Read the entire article and view a slideshow at

CSU Art Students in Ultra Mega Art Show

June 11, 2014


Fri 6/13 @ 7pm

This Friday, Doubting Thomas’ invitation-only group exhibition Ultra Mega Art! highlights the best and brightest emerging artists from Cleveland State’s Art Department. CSU’s Art Department is two years into a brand-new chapter in their legacy. With the opening of their new Arts Campus and The Galleries at Cleveland State in Downtown’s Theatre District, the future is looking very bright at the corner of Euclid Avenue and E. 13th Street.

The Galleries at Cleveland State recently hosted the student-organized Student Show and Merit Scholar Exhibition — the second in their beautiful new space next to PlayhouseSquare on Euclid Avenue. The shows featured nearly 100 works by dozens of students in photography, drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, graphic design, video and more.

During the exhibitions’ run, Doubting Thomas’ owner Theresa Boyd and Ultra Mega Art!’s organizer, Shepherd Weita, quietly visited the gallery and personally selected their favorites. A total of 9 emerging students were invited to participate in a group exhibition at Doubting Thomas for this month’s Tremont Art Walk.

“We are so excited to see this show come together,” says Weita. “It shines with the freshness of new talent and demonstrates the increasing influence of Cleveland State University’s Art Department on our local art community.”

Ultra Mega Art! features the work of Dunya Abrahim, Oni Allen, Christina Casal, Elisabeth Dare, Wade Gagich, Jaco Jucutan, Ben Rodriguez, Omid Tavakoli and Liz Trenholme.

… Read the rest from Josh Usmani in Cool Cleveland

Off the Web, On the Wall Exhibition at SPE

June 9, 2014
SPE image

Image: Eric Weeks, Leaves of Grass, 2006


SPE’s opening exhibition features member work as curated from SPE’s online member gallery. A selection of artists who have been highlighted in an ongoing virtual exhibition of member work at, were invited to display !heir work in the SPE exhibition space for the summer. The exhibition represents members from all regional chapters, international membership, as well as caucuses.

Malina Chave! INC)
Darren Clark (ID)
Winnie Gier (GA)
Rebecca Hackemann (UK)
Muriel Hasbun (MD)
Bruce Myren (MA)
Shannon Randol (TN)
Martina Shena I (AZ)
Alison Smith (IL)
Adam Thorman (CA)
Eric Weeks (PA)

The Society for Photographic Education is a nonprofit membership organization that provides and fosters an understanding of photography as a means of diverse creative expression, cultural insight, and experimental practice. Through its interdisciplinary programs, services and publications, the society seeks to promote a broader understanding of the medium in all its forms through teaching and learning, scholarship, and criticism.

This national organization just happens to be headquartered right here in Cleveland Ohio. This is their first public exhibition.

SPE • 2530 Superior Ave,#403 • Cleveland. OH 44114
ph 216-622-2733 •



Redheaded Peckerwood Review

June 2, 2014


The Transformer Station’s big spring exhibition, “Redheaded Peckerwood,” is a difficult and uncomfortable experience. It could hardly be otherwise.

In photographs, hand-painted signs, magazine clippings and actual pieces of evidence, the exhibition retraces the trail of mayhem left by 19-year-old Charlie Starkweather, who murdered 11 people in Nebraska and Wyoming during the winter of 1957-58, while accompanied by his 14-year-old runaway girlfriend, Caril Ann Fugate.

Read Steven Litt’s complete review of Christian Patterson’s exhibition in

AAWR Photography Competition

May 30, 2014


Artists Archives of the Western Reserve
834 E. 123rd Street Cleveland, OH 44106-1910
Phone  (216) 721-9020

The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve is sponsoring the second annual Western Reserve Open Photography Competition this November 1st.  The exhibit will be held at the Beachwood Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library. This year’s judge will be Diane Waggoner who is the Associate Curator in the department of photographs at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.  She will select the 65 exhibitors as well as the cash prize winners.

We are now accepting online digital submissions through August 1st.

I have attached a flyer announcing the competition with the hopes that you have work you would like to submit.  I also ask that you forward this information to friends, hobbyists and other photographers who would like to participate in this event.  You can access the competition portal via the Artists Archives website by clicking on this LINK.  Once you are on the AAWR website go to the show announcement in the right column and click on the tab “ Enter competition here.”  We look forward to viewing your favorite images.

By Any Means Necessary at CPR

May 29, 2014



Exploring Racism at CPR, ‘By Any Means Necessary’

“By Any Means Necessary” at the Cleveland Print Room runs from June 13 through July 26.

In its first exhibition of the summer, the Cleveland Print Room hosts By Any Means Necessary: Observations, Experiences, Perpetuations of Racism. The show will feature the work of four photographers: Donald Black Jr., Gabriel Gonzalez, Teresa Martinez and Chris Mason.

Racism — \’rā-,si-zəm\ — is defined as a “belief or doctrine that inherent differences exist among the various human races’ cultural or individual achievements.”

What does racism mean to you? The Cleveland Print Room is exploring a multitude of meanings on this uncomfortable topic with this show, the opening weekend of which will also feature an artist panel to discuss racism and all its dimensions.

“We hope the show will reflect how the dynamic nature of racial discourse leads to new ways of defining racism, as artists seek ways of presenting their everyday struggles involving racism as an evolving concept,” said Shari Wilkins, Cleveland Print Room’s founder and director.

By Any Means Necessary opens with a reception from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, June 13. A gallery talk featuring the Artist Panel is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 14.

For more information on Cleveland Print Room and membership, visit their website or check out their Facebook page.
Shari Wilkins
(216) 401-5981

Cleveland Print Room
ArtCraft Building
2550 Superior Ave
Cleveland, OH 44114
(216) 401-5981

Chin-pao Chen’s (some) Clevelanders at CPR

May 22, 2014


Chin-pao Chen: (some) Clevelanders
Cleveland Print Room
Reception: Thu, May 22, from 5 – 8pm

Spring 2014 Cleveland Foundation Creative Fusion artist-in-residence from Taiwan, Chin-pao Chen, will be presenting the work he’s been creating during his time here in Cleveland, a project he calls(some) Clevelanders. In this exhibition, Chin presents portraits of people he met here in Cleveland during his stay, in settings of some significance to these Clevelanders.

Also opening alongside Chin’s work will be an exhibition of work by talented high school students enrolled in NewBridge Cleveland’s after-school photography program taught by Donald Black Jr. The students’ contribution, Through the Lens, features work that was shot predominantly in the Flats and University Circle. The students then made digital negatives of their work and made prints from these negatives in the darkroom. The final print is a product of learning the darkroom skills necessary for B&W printing. Their resulting prints are truly stunning.

These two shows, demonstrating the Print Room’s desire to work with communities both locally and globally, will be running through Memorial Day weekend. Come check them out!

Food Photography a Growing Market in CLE

May 21, 2014


On a typical day, Heidi Robb will hit a few markets to load up on fresh produce, pop into a butcher shop for a thick steak, maybe visit the fishmonger for some plump Gulf shrimp before heading into the kitchen. There, she’ll clean and prep the veggies, get the mains started on the grill, and then shift her focus to the sides and sauces. The table is set, the red wine is poured, and Robb plates up the gorgeous feast with keen attention to detail…

Read the entire article in Cleveland Scene magazine.

William Griswold New Cleveland Museum of Art Director

May 20, 2014


William M. Griswold, a veteran art museum administrator who earned glowing praise as director of the Morgan Library & Museum in New York over the past six years, has been appointed as the new director of the Cleveland Museum of Art.

…The Morgan originally focused on its founder’s enthusiasms, which did not include modern art. But under Griswold, who sought to expand the institution’s range to make it more relevant to younger audiences, the Morgan added new departments in modern and contemporary drawing, and photography.

Read Steven Litt’s article in

Read the coverage in the New York Times



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